OpenTable Reveals 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America
As we celebrate love and romance in honor of Valentine’s Day, OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, has announced the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2016. La Bergerie in Alexandria was the only Alexandria, Virginia restaurant to make the list. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Featuring beloved restaurants adept at delivering hospitality with a personal touch, often from owner-operators, the complete list spans 33 states and includes honorees such as The Cellars in Virginia Beach, Forbes Island in San Francisco, and Zenkichi inBrooklyn. California has 15 winning restaurants, followed by New York and Virginia with eight apiece, Colorado with seven, andArizona, Florida, and Texas with six each. Hawaii and Nevada each have five winners while North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, andSouth Carolina each boast four. Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Washington count two winners per state. Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma,Oregon, Rhode Island, and Utah are also represented.
Exceptional ambience is the common thread at the winning restaurants, from those set in historic buildings, such as the Rainbow Room atop 30 Rockefeller Center, to those associated with cozy inns and luxe resorts, including Duling Kurtz House and Tidepools at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Establishments serving American and French cuisines dominate the list; however, Italian restaurants and steakhouses also proved popular, as did those specializing in perennial favorite fondue.
“Food is inextricably – and deliciously – tied to love and romance,” says Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer. “This year’s honorees represent the perfect places for diners to savor their love, whether it’s marking a moment in time or creating a new shared memory over fine fare in an intimate and special setting.”
The list of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America is generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between December 7, 2014 and December 6, 2015. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of reviews for which “romantic” was selected as a special feature.
(Photo via La Bergerie on Facebook)